Student Book Reviews 8-27-2008

Atonement, written by Ian McEwan, begins in 1935 England. Through the struggles of three main characters Briony and Cecilia Tallis and Robbie Turner, the novel moves through events such as World War II and an incident that could break the Tallis family apart.

In the beginning of Atonement, 13-year-old Briony glances out the window to see a disturbing argument between her sister Cecilia and a friend Robbie.

After this incident, Briony catches Robbie a few more times doing what she thinks are inappropriate actions.

Later that night, a relative staying with the Tallis family is raped. Briony blames it on Robbie, even though she is not positive. Unfortunately for Robbie and Cecilia, who have just confessed true love for each other, Robbie must now leave. Will this incident and the fact that Robbie must fight in World War II tear them apart, or will their undying love for each other keep them together?

I thoroughly enjoyed Atonement due to its fast moving plot and interesting characters.

This novel is for mature readers who are interested in a romance novel filled with mystery and drama.

Elizabeth Suss is a junior in the gifted program at Hahnville High. She enjoys being a member of the HHS band and golf team. Elizabeth is also a member of the HHS Student Council, BETA, NHS, and Science Olympiad.

Editor’s note: Book reviews are published weekly in agreement with Hahnville High School gifted English teacher Deborah Unger in conjunction with the Brown Foundation Service Learning Program.



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